12 Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget

12 Valentine's Day Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget
Jan 2023

Several years ago, my husband and I made what we consider one of the biggest mistakes of our dating life. We went out to eat on Valentine's Day evening. Without reservations. Our first stop was Olive Garden. The estimated two-plus hour wait to be seated scared us away, and we hopped back in the car and drove across town to The Cheesecake Factory. A similarly long wait time there led us to a nearby Panera.


I love Panera. My husband? Not so much. He was famished by this time and a tiny bit cranky. As we stood staring up at the menu on the wall behind the counter he said, "This is like reading a foreign language. I don't even know what half of that stuff is." So off we went again.

This time we landed at a pizza place in the food court at the mall. Super romantic, right? Corey ordered a couple of slices of meat lovers pizza, and the high school kid behind the counter pointed to the display case in front of us and said, "That's all we've got left." Three pieces of sausage pizza. We bought them all, found a table where we could devour them, and never went out for a Valentine's Day dinner again, which brings me to my list of Valentine's Day date ideas.

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